Campaign Coverage 2020

On the North Shore, a revitalized neighborhood goes quiet

On the North Shore, a revitalized neighborhood goes quiet
FILE - In this Sept, 9, 2020, file photo, a couple walk past Mike's Beer Bar, across the street from PNC Park, after a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Small businesses around PNC Park and other downtown stadiums across Major League Baseball are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced MLB to ban fans from attending games during the truncated 2020 seasons. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The businesses around PNC Park in Pittsburgh are struggling to get by with no fans allowed into the stadium due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mike Sukitch, the owner of the North Shore Tavern just across the street from the left-field entrance, has called the pandemic a long-term blessing in disguise. He overhauled the recently purchased restaurant during the shutdown and believes it will be worth it if fans can return in 2021. The Pirates are attempting to help a handful of small businesses around the stadium. The club launched the “Family Forever” program in July. It features commercials of the businesses as well as in-game promotions.

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